Most of us have experienced mild or moderate neck pain at some point. Severe neck pain may also be something you’ve had to deal with. However, you may not know what’s causing your severe pain. Fortunately, there’s a physical therapy team that may be able to help you find the answers you’re looking for.
Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation has helped patients treat many levels of neck pain. Our team knows that taking the direct path toward rehabilitation is the most effective way to treat your injuries and medical conditions. Our personalized therapy plans are designed to help you find this direct path.
We’ll start by performing a thorough evaluation of your injury or condition. This will help us see exactly how you’re being affected. Then, our therapists will spend some time listening and responding to your therapy questions and concerns. Finally, we’ll use all this information to build you a personalized therapy plan that sets goals you can achieve. These plans can help you treat many issues, including severe neck pain.
Two issues that may be causing your severe neck pain
Severe neck pain can be treated with physical therapy. However, knowing what’s causing this pain is vital to building an effective therapy plan to treat it. Unfortunately, many patients aren’t aware of what issue is causing their neck pain. While many issues can cause pain in your neck, there are two issues that commonly result in high levels of neck pain.
One issue that can cause intense neck pain is degenerative disc disease. The cervical discs in your neck act as padding between your neck vertebrae, and they also allow your neck to bend. However, these discs tend to wear out and grow thinner as we age, and this process is called degenerative disc disease. This condition is very common since approximately 3 million Americans deal with it every year. Degenerative disc disease also typically has symptoms that include loss of neck flexibility and pain that can become severe.
Osteoarthritis in the facet joints can also lead to high levels of neck pain. This condition can affect many joints in the body, including the facet joints of the neck. Facet joints are a vital part of your spine, and their job is to allow your spine to bend. These joints are located along the back of the spine, and there are two of them on most vertebrae. Osteoarthritis can cause these joints to become inflamed, and this may result in a pinched nerve. This condition can also lead to cartilage damage in the facet joints. In both cases, facet joint osteoarthritis can cause you to feel extreme pain.
To help you treat these and other neck issues, our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team can build you a personalized therapy plan. Your plan will include a list of achievable goals and may use therapies such as:
- Manual therapy
- Targeted stretches
- Active Release Techniques®
- Strengthening exercises
- Electrical stimulation
- Massage therapy
Are you trying to find effective treatment for your severe neck pain? Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is here to help you.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.